By Jennifer Von Ohlen
DASSEL, COKATO, MN The Christmas season has been classically described as the most wonderful time of the year, and the DC community will be celebrating it along with two of its most wonderful fine arts community members later this month.
Occurring during the concert portion of the fourth annual Dickens Holiday Festival Sunday, Dec. 16 will be the first inductions into the DC Fine Arts Hall of Fame.
The inductees will be past high school choral director Don Anderson, and active area theater director David Metcalf.
Read about the upcoming Dickens Holiday Festival in a separate article found in this news issue.
According to Fine Arts Hall of Fame Committee Member Deborah Moen, the purpose of the award “is to give [biennial] recognition to those individuals who have exemplified the DC fine arts programs, either while attending, teaching, or volunteering for the DC School District.”
Nominations were accepted in the spring, and established by the following criteria:
• an alumnus performer/artist who has excelled in the fine arts and has been out of school for at least 10 years;
• a director/teacher/advisor who made a positive impact on DC fine arts and has been participating in fine arts events for at least 10 years; or
• a volunteer/administrator who has positively impacted the DC fine arts program.
“We have had a tremendous response so far by friends, family, and colleagues of Don Anderson and David Metcalf,” Moen shared. “They have both truly made an impact on so many lives from the Dassel-Cokato area, and we cannot think of two more deserving recipients for the first awards.”
Each presentation will be given by some of Anderson’s and Metcalf’s former students, who have followed in their director’s footsteps.
Anderson’s recognition will be presented by 1981 DC alumnus Diane Hauan and her brother, Ken. Diane directs choir and drama at Pierz High School, and said she and Ken became music directors after being influenced by Anderson.
Amanda (Imberg) Bryne, 2008 DC alumnus, and James Frickstad, 2009 DC alumnus, will introduce Metcalf’s recognition. Bryne and Frickstad have participated in several theater productions, and both have directed a fair amount, as well.
“For over a half century, these two educators and close friends [Anderson and Metcalf] planned, worked, and enjoyed their positions as they instilled the love of music and theatre in hundreds of students,” commented DC School Board and Fine Arts Hall of Fame Committee Member Irene Bender. “Their door to students was always open. The Fine Arts Hall of Fame Committee is grateful for all the dedication given by these two men to students and the arts.”
Tickets to attend the concert are $15, and can be purchased at The Marketplace and Chuck’s Floral in Cokato, Red Rooster Foods in Dassel, the DCHS office, or through a DCHS music student.
Don Anderson was the choir director at DCHS for 39 years; from 1968-2007. He is known for having started the tradition of having DC alumni join current students in singing the Hallelujah Chorus during the annual holiday program. He passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011.
David Metcalf has been a theatrical director in the DC and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted area for more than 30 years. He has directed more than 150 productions, has coached competitive speech teams, and has had several one-act plays advance to the state level. He also studied stage combat and fight choreography under English fight director B.H. Barry.